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The fourth edition of the GENDER DOCUFILM FEST, the documentary film festival promoted by GAY VILLAGE, is now on. Director and film critic Giona A. NAazzaro has selected the films that best explore themes and problems related to gender studies.
The specific nature of the GENDER DOCUFILM FEST is strongly stated once again: the festival does not present a ‘content-based’ selection of subjects to be discussed, but the choice of a unique and strictly cinematic gaze on the whole of relations that make our body the fulcrum of all our social interactions.
Since its first edition, the GENDER DOCUFILM FEST – which takes place 29th through 31st of August 2013 – has had the social mission to search for films rather than re-propose, however praiseworthy they may be, selections from other festivals.
Acknowledging that documentary film-making is a driving force among contemporary film, GDFF chose to place itself on a terrain of opening, exploration, and risk. The film-makers of tomorrow live – today – in a mode of no budget, independence, linguistic invention, and political risk.
Not by chance have many of the currently most interesting and most debated documentary film-makers been guests of the GDFF. Artists such as Mike Palmieri, Donal Mosher, Kimberly Reed, Marcus Lindeen, Rachid B. (aka Bruno Ulmer), and Yariv Mozer were proposed by the GDFF, in an effort to create a dialogue with the most agile and most enthralling energies of contemporary film.
Last year’s award assigned to the Austrian film DAS OUTING, by Sebastian Meise and Thomas Reider, dealing with the tragedy of paedophilia, has further highlighted that the GENDER DOCUFILM FEST is a place of open, uncensored dialogue.
The success of the films presented at the GENDER DOCUFILM FEST is proved by the records scored at several other national and international film festivals.
Last year’s common theme was THE POLITICAL BODY. This year the point of view is reversed, and the area mostly explored by the films selected will be THE SOCIAL BODY.
Once again, the greatest effort has been put into proposing films that have not been seen not only in Italy, but also Europe, and the programme is made of several international premieres and also one world premiere.
The audience, who have always taken part encouragingly in the screenings and in the Q&As with the authors, as well as the visible satisfaction of the authors who are very glad to present their works within the biggest event among the Roman Summer initiatives, are the most tangible sign that culture ‘pays off’, risk ‘pays off’, dialogue ‘pays off’, and that diversity is the only true ‘wealth’ where investments can be made with one’s eyes shut and without risking ‘losses’.
THURSDAY AUGUST 29th
20:30 • LE BAGNE (THE KNIFE AND THE NEEDLE)
by Maud Martin
France 2013, 57 mins
The troupe Danza Contemporanea of Bernardo Montet has staged a text by Jean Genet. A hypothesis for an alternative community.
21:30 • CAMP BEAVERTON
by Beth Nelsen, Ana Grillo
USA 2013, 62 mins
The most spectacular camp for women only. A utopian anarchist society to re-think human relationships and sex. Like a Gender Mad Max. www.meetthebeavers.com
FRIDAY AUGUST 30th
20:30 • TAGLIA CORTO!
by Filippo Demarchi
Switzerland 2013, 12 mins
Coming out live. Family: an institution to refound all over again.
20:45 • MY LOVE – THE STORY OF POUL AND MAI
by Iben Haar Andersen
Denmark 2013, 64 mins.
Love as an essential factor to create a different way of taking roots in a community. A man, his foreign lover. Life.
22:00 • EIN WOCHENENDE IN DEUTSCHLAND
by Jan Soldat
Germany 2013, 25 mins.
Two retired friends, and a slave. Domestic bondage and SM. Micro-communities. A week-end like any other in Germany.
SATURDAY AUGUST 31st
20:30 • AMERICAN VAGABOND
by Susanna Helke, Mary Morgan
Finland/Denmark 2013, 85 mins.
Headed for San Francisco, in search of a world without discrimination, James and Tyler find out at their own expense that differences are still there.
22:00 • MAX UND DIE ANDEREN
by Richard Rossmann
Austria 2013, 78 mins.
Max is an ex-officer. He loves sex with his friends, and manages his social life painstakingly. But the figures don’t always add up.
FRANCO BERNINI: screenwriter and director
MATTEO PELLEGRINI: director
GINELLA VOCCA: director Medfilm Festival Onlus
Gender DocuFilm Fest c/o Di'Gay Project, Via Costantino 82, 00145 Roma, Italy • email@example.com